On June 21, 2019 opens the exhibiton The Yellow Section at After the Butcher in Berlin. Participating artists are Maja Weyermann, Birgit Auf der Lauer & Caspar Pauli and Evrim Kavcar. Maja Weyermann and Birgit Auf der Lauer & Caspar Pauli participated into the artists in residency program of the Berlin Senat 2014 and 2018.
Maja has been living and working in Istanbul for six months in 2014. Her residency was granted by the Berlin Senate Chancellery, Cultural Affairs Department, and accompanied by Diyalog Derneği. The exhibiotn will display Letters from Abroad the results of her residency in Istanbul.
Maja Weyermann is a Swiss artist who was born in 1962. Their work was featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the DEPO Istanbul, 2015. Maja Weyermann died in Berlin in 2016 after a serious illness.
When Maja came to Istanbul in March 2014 she at first planned to realize a digital art work about Anatolian carpets, its rich cultural heritage and referring to its meaning as a part of cultural memory. During her stay she did a lot of interviews with carpet dealers, workers at the bazar and Turkish historians. She discovered as well the abandond old buildings of the Armenian community in the center of Istanbul. Many of Armenians had left Turkey in the 50 years after the pogroms and the buildings stand often empty until today because the ownership is unclear.
After the Butcher, exhibition space for contemporary art and social issues, has been run by the artist Thomas Kilpper together with Franziska Böhmer since 2006 in her house, a former butcher’s shop, and since 2014 in collaboration with the artist Ina Wudtke.
The building at Spittastraße 25 was one of the first concrete buildings in Europe, constructed from 1870-1875. At that time, around 60 buildings were built with slag concrete in this small district of Lichtenberg (Viktoriastadt), which one can consider as an early experiment for sustainable and ecological construction. Slag concrete, a by-product from the production of steel, recycled and mixed with cement, happened to have surprisingly performative physical insulation properties. Today, only six of these buildings still exist and all are listed as protected monuments.
After the Butcher is a project space by artists for artists and was founded in 2006 by Franziska Böhmer and Thomas Klipper. Artists are invited to conceive a show within this particular space.
exhibition space for contemporary art and social issues
Spittastr. 25, 10317 Berlin
Opening June 21, 7 pm